Amanda's Oatmeal Brownies
Posted on November 19 2016
We recently asked our friend, naturopath Amanda Ashy Boyd, who launched "The Healthy Happy Baby" this year, to share a few kid (and adult friendly) recipes that are both healthful and delicious. Amanda, a fellow Southerner and London-transplant, has been coaching her adult clients for years on how to eat more nutritious, whole foods-based diets and cut out processed foods.
As a nutritionist, naturopath, foodie, a mom of two young daughters - and a native of Louisiana - her recipes include reinventions of Southern classics like Fried Chicken. Most important, all of Amanda's recipes are approved by her two adorable littles, who you can see more of over on her website.
Here is Amanda's totally yummy and satisfying brownie recipe that you can make anytime of year or even as a snack for the entire clan pre- or post-Thanksgiving dinner. (It's oatmeal raisin, but don't worry, there's plenty of chocolate!)
1 cup nut butter or seed butter
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup coconut oil
1.5 cup dry rolled oats
3 tsp raisins
50 g of 70% dark chocolate bar or 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- Combine the nut butter, maple syrup, coconut oil and raisins in a pot and melt on a low-medium heat, stirring as it melts. This should take 2-3 minutes
- Add chocolate and allow to melt for about 30 seconds. Turn the fire off and stir in the oats
- Pour into a baking dish lined with parchment paper. If you don’t have parchment paper, just grease the dish with coconut oil. It’ll make the brownies a little more difficult to remove from the dish, but a little patience and power, and you will do it
- Freeze for 1 hour. Once set, remove and cut into squares. Store in the fridge
I like this recipe because it’s a sweet treat made with natural sugars, no flours, no baking (which I tend to avoid because it’s so precise) and it reminds me of my favorite cookie – oatmeal and raisin. The ingredients make up a great toddler snack loaded with essential fats, protein and slow releasing carbohydrates. The dark chocolate, as we all know and justify daily, is not only an antioxidant, but also contains nutrients that are essential to our energy cycle as well as our body’s natural relaxation ability – it even contains a decent amount of fibre. It’s one of the healthiest and tastiest treats I’ve tasted in a long time – nutrient dense and no blood sugar spike. Great for the whole family, and definitely toddler approved!